‘Active shooter’ drill set to be conducted Wednesday morning New Hanover Government Center

WILMINGTON  — Emergency vehicles will converge on the New Hanover County Government Center Wednesday morning, but it’s only a test. The county is conducting an active shooter drill at the building Wednesday morning. New Hanover County Spokeswoman Jessica Looper said the drill will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday and will be limited […]


Brunswick County woman to serve jail time for prostituting a 17-year-old without the teen’s knowledge

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A Brunswick County woman will spend more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to promoting the prostitution of a minor. Kasi Lynn Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to the single charge in New Hanover County Superior Court on Monday, according to District Attorney Ben David. The woman was charged in […]


Jailed sex offender faces a new felony charge in connection with another child victim

Douglas Edwards (center) appeared in district court Friday morning to face charges in a kidnapping and sexual assault of girl. (Photo by Christina Haley)

WILMINGTON — Jailed sexual offender Douglas Edwards faces a new charge this week in connection with taking indecent liberties with another child victim. Edwards, 47, was served with a warrant Wednesday, charged with one count of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. He has […]


Sheriff’s Office says stolen gun among 10 weapons seized from Revolutionary Black Panthers on Sunday

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office document and record all firearms and ammunition brought to courthouse grounds. Muhammad stands with them, talking with deputies.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Two of 10 guns seized from the Revolutionary Black Panther Party on the steps of the New Hanover County Court House on Sunday have been confiscated, one as stolen and another due to a domestic violence statute, according to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. The group last week had announced […]


Revolutionary Black Panther Party disarmed but not deterred in Wilmington

A shot of the press conference before law enforcement arrives on scene.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Several members of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party were met by local law enforcement while on the steps of the New Hanover County Court House, where the party held a press conference Sunday morning. Those party members, some armed with weapons ranging from shot guns to handguns, were led by the Founder […]


Father charged with attempted murder of his toddler

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — A father has been arrested and charged with the attempted murder of his 1-year-old. David Andrew Batchelor, 28, faces several charges, including attempted first-degree murder, according to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 520 Sound Side Drive in southern New […]


Detectives seize 54 pounds of high-grade marijuana in New Hanover County (video)

Detectives seized a large quantity of marijuana, cash, and drug paraphernalia in a marijuana trafficking investigation. (Photo courtesy of the sheriff's office.)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Three men were arrested and more than 54 pounds of high-grade marijuana was seized in an drug-trafficking investigation by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Vice and Narcotics Unit. Eric Tyler Bunting, Keith Bryan Whitworth and Paul Robert Jones face several felony charges in connection with a large drug investigation that began […]


Detectives search for missing student last seen at New Hanover High School

Cassie Garrett went missing from New Hanover High School on Monday. (Courtesy photo.)

UPDATED, Dec. 7, 10:46 a.m.: Cassie Marie Garrett has been located and returned to her home. NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Sheriff’s detectives are seeking assistance from the public in locating 16-year-old Cassie Marie Garrett, a missing New Hanover High School Student. Cassie was last seen at the high school, located at 1307 Market St. on […]


Deputies search for boy, 16, who went missing over Thanksgiving weekend

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UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 1 Jordan Anthony Lewis has been located and returned him home to his family. — NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Detectives with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office are searching for 16-year-old Jordan Anthony Lewis, a teen who went missing over the Thanksgiving weekend. Lewis was last seen at a home in the […]


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